TAHLEQUAH — Sharing the Cherokee spirit through music and song, the Cherokee National Youth Choir, under the direction of Mary Kay Henderson, has been invited take part in the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual event hosted by Macy’s Department Store. It is estimated that more than 44 million people tune in to watch the parade every year. From its inception, the parade has been well-known for the balloons and floats that line the streets of New York City during the event. However, the parade also features live music and other performances. High school marching bands from across the country participate in the parade, and the television broadcasts feature performances by famous singers and bands.

“Mary Kay Henderson, the youth choir director, and I are so excited that the youth choir will be able to take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Kathy Sierra, coordinator. “This is a real honor and we look forward to the opportunity to represent the Cherokee Nation at an event of this magnitude. I hope everyone tunes in to watch us!”

The Cherokee National Youth Choir performs traditional Cherokee songs in the Cherokee language. The Cherokee National Youth Choir came into existence from the vision of Principal Chief Chad Smith, who saw it as a way to keep children involved in the Cherokee language and culture. They function as an important symbol to the world, demonstrating that Cherokee language and culture continues to thrive in modern society.

For more information about the youth choir call Kathy Sierra at 453-5618.

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